European Democracy

Empowering civil society as a means of shaping dynamic and open democracies in Europe.

In recent years, European democracies have been sorely tested by, among other things, the euro crisis, the refugee crisis and the covid-19 pandemic. Certain countries are facing the rise to power of authoritarian governments that aim to reduce liberty of expression and a free press, the independence of the judiciary and the rightful place of civil society, elements that form the very basis of democratic societies.

Together with numerous other European foundations, the King Baudouin Foundation works to strengthen democracy in Europe, to build citizen participation – especially among those who are difficult to mobilise – and to strengthen the transparency of institutions.

Our activities

  • as a member of Civitates, a philanthropic initiative committed to democracy and solidarity in Europe and created by 16 philanthropic foundations including the King Baudouin Foundation, we support projects that empower civil society and combat digital disinformation
  • we conduct advocacy, together with other civil society actors, to improve citizen participation within the EU
  • and we support organisations dedicated to improving the transparency of the European institutions.

European Democracy is part of the programme Europe


Jesuit European Social Centre

European Leadership Project (ELP): Jesuit European Social Networks, Brussels.

Post-Doctoral leadership programme (5 months), focusing on leadership functions in the EU, combined with spiritual coaching and creation of socio-ecological networks.

Bertelsmann Stiftung

Eupinions: independent opinion platform for political issues/megatrends in the EU.

In collaboration with the King Baudouin Foundation, translate and publish 2 studies per year in French and Dutch, for Belgium.

Transparency International

Transparency International EU: promoting EU political integrity and accountability 2023-24.

Integrating safeguards in European legislation to protect EU institutions, policy makers, political appointments and legislative processes from undue influences.

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Philippe Veldeman

Alliance for Citizens ́Participation in the EU

In collaboration with foundations and the European Policy Center advocating for the institutionalization of citizen participation in EU decision-making.


A philanthropic initiative for democracy and solidarity in Europe


“eupinions” is an independent European public opinion platform developed by the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Funds and philanthropic tools

Press Releases

Solidarity with Ukraine

16 05 2022

The King Baudouin Foundation is mobilising its philanthropic tools, expertise and network to strengthen solidarity with the victims of the crisis in Ukraine.